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Friday, October 5, 2007

John Latta fires home one of four first half goals in an 8-0 sectional win against the West Vigo Vikings on Thursday night. Latta also had an assist in the game.
TERRE HAUTE -- The Northview boys' soccer team is hitting their stride at just the right time. Winner's of five-of-six games heading into sectional play, the Knights added that sixth win to kick off the postseason by drilling West Vigo 8-0 at Terre Haute North.

"Our effort was good and our teamwork is getting better," commented coach Don Bryan. "We were working together tonight."

Northview weathered an early charge by West Vigo, but took control very quickly on the skilled feet of senior John Latta and some great passing from his teammates.

Northview's Nick Hensler goes up for a header in traffic against West Vigo on Thursday.
Latta would get the Knights started on a corner kick just four minutes into the game when he sent a curling strike into the goal mouth. The ball was mishandled by the Vikings' keeper and the ball bounced off his hands into the net for a 1-0 Northview lead.

Latta, had plenty of help in attacking the West Vigo defense with both Josh and Logan Lynch and Ken Wright pressing the Vikings throughout the first half.

Wright made a nice cross to Latta moments later, but his chip shot was saved and Logan Lynch's blast a minute later was deflected over the goal.

Two minutes later, however, Latta capitalized once more when he took a ball from 30 yards out, dribbled in and shot the ball past the sprawling keeper for his second goal of the evening.

Eighteen minutes in, Josh Lynch got into the scoring act when he scored off a rebound on an assist from Latta to take a 3-0 lead.

Latta was far from done in the first half as he added a goal 22 minutes in off an assist from Logan Lynch and then scored on a penalty kick with no time left on the clock at halftime.

His four goal barrage in the first half pushed him past the 30 goal mark for the season according to Bryan.

"Latta can do that when he wants to," commented Bryan. "A lot of those goals came because we were in the right position. We had a lot of assists."

Leading 5-0 at halftime, the Knights could have relaxed and let the play come to the Vikings, but Northview wasn't done just yet.

Josh Lynch scored 12 minutes into the second half when he scored when he settled a ball that was pinballing in the box between players. Logan Lynch got the assist when Josh drilled a shot to the back of the net.

At the 55 minute mark, Logan Lynch added another assist when he crossed a ball from the endline to Nick Hensler who was up to the task, chipping the ball in for the Knights' seventh tally.

"Nick did a lot of the little things tonight," said Bryan of his junior.

Not to be lost in the offensive onslaught was the play of Northview keeper, Cainan Reeves, who wasn't tested often, but made several great saves.

He made a leaping save in the first half to deflect a shot over the net on a hard shot in the first half and then leapt high to snare a long shot in the second half that was marked for the top of the goal.

"Cainan and Robert Joslyn have both come on this season," mentioned Bryan. "We talked to Cainan about staying back in the goal because we knew that West Vigo liked to take long shots."

Northview capped the scoring with just three minutes left in the game when Zach Childs scored following a throwin deep in the West Vigo zone. The ball was sent into the box where Brennan McCullar knocked the ball down and served the ball to Childs who scored the eighth goal. Brandon Hathaway was also credited with an assist.

"When we step up and play, we can play with anybody," assessed Bryan.

The Knights will get chance to avenge an earlier loss to Terre Haute South in round two of the sectional on Saturday at noon.

Terre Haute North Boys Soccer Sectional

West Vigo00-0

Next Game: Northview will take on Terre Haute South Saturday at noon.

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